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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND RIGA

25 April 2016

The post-match reaction from another crucial win.


CHRIS HUGHTON heaped praise on his players after Saturday’s 3-1 win over Charlton Athletic closed the gap on the top two in the Championship to goal difference.
 
He said, "It's a wonderful position to be in, perhaps one we wouldn't have expected at the start of the season, but it's a good place to be.
 
"To be where we are at this stage they have been magnificent, so it's testament to a group of lads who have worked really hard to be where they are.
 
“We went through a certain period going under the radar, but once you get to this stage, the pressure is equal on all teams. We are all desperate to get promotion in whatever way. At the moment it's a very good pressure.
 
"We've certainly made it tighter and we've come into goals at the right time. We certainly deserve to be in amongst the other two teams.”
 
Up next for Albion is a match at home to Derby County on 2nd May and the Seagulls know that two wins will seal automatic promotion.
 
"It is black and white but the first game is the obvious one; if you don't win that, it changes the outlook on the second one.
 
“We've got a massive game now against Derby at home. It will be a full stadium and we've got to make sure our supporters, as they have for most of the season, enjoy what they see.”

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JOSE RIGA says his Charlton Athletic side showed good spirit in difficult circumstances after the 3-1 defeat to Brighton on Saturday.
 
He told cafc.co.uk, “We did not start well and we needed to be better, especially against a team like Brighton.

“The goal we conceded after a couple of minutes was the worst part of the game. After that, we competed with Brighton - certainly in the second half. I don’t want to speak about the last goal because we were pushing to equalise and we kept looking for a goal.

“When we equalised we were immediately punished a second time. I saw a team in Charlton that were still willing, looking for a good result, playing well, doing our jobs and we did well.

“It’s not always easy to face a game when you are in the situation that my players are in but I think my players did well.”
 
Riga is confident that Charlton can bounce back after a disappointing season, as the club looks ahead to League One football next season.
 
“I always repeat the same. When I arrived the first time, I saw a club with a big future and a big story. I think this club can still have a very bright future just because everybody knows Charlton.

“If you look at the young players that the club has produced in the last few years, and even before, big names are coming from here. Charlton still inspires a lot of respect.

“We cannot change the past, and now we must be focused on the present to give the club a big future.”

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